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Mies Julie, Assembly Hall/ The Sewing Machine, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

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Riot police at the Markikana mine yesterday

Mine 'bloodbath' shocks post-apartheid South Africa

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A sponge cake in the shape of a heart? Yes, please. For £10, this cream and whole strawberry-filled treat is yours, along with as much tea as two people can drink, at Peyton & Byrne's café at London's Royal Academy, 3pm to 5pm every day. The perfect thing for a super-sweet first date – or a post- Summer Exhibition pick-me-up.
Chris Mahlangu, left, has been found guilty of murdering Eugene Terre'blanche, right

Farmworker found guilty of killing Eugene Terre'blanche

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FW de Klerk celebrates the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in 1994

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South Africa’s last white leader appears to defend policy of segregating racial groups

Roy Hodgson's appointment by the FA seems like a marriage of both love and convenience

James Lawton: New man should not have to call for public support

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Simon Kelner: Why golf needs someone like Blubbing Bubba

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Sher (right) says: 'The first time we worked together it got so heated he threw a plate and a glass at me'

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'The first time we worked together it got so heated he threw a plate and a glass at me'

Worcester Pair: As spin bowling coach, Damian D'Oliveira (left) is overseeing Brett's development

And Brett makes three! A new D'Oliveira is making his mark

As a new season starts, Worcester await the third generation of a very famous name

Absolution, By Patrick Flanery

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Too many Syrian exiles are complicit in evil

So there I was, in our Shia mosque on Friday 10 days back, when a worshipper, a man, bounded up full of smiles. We had met briefly once before. As I was rushing to the prayer hall he made me promise I would talk to him afterwards. And so I did. And wish I hadn't. Instead of feeling spiritually renewed I experienced ungodly fury and left the beautiful space filled with despondency. We had an argument about Syria and my vocal opposition to Assad's regime. I didn't understand anything, said he, and was being deceived by the lying Western media. He was a businessman in Syria with factories employing many people, Shias in particular, he stressed, as if that would sway me. The rebellion, he claimed, was a plot by outsiders and backed by Sunnis because they want to crush minority Muslim sects, including the Allawi-Assad family.

Sport On TV: Mole in protest movement but other side dug up dirt

So the sporting protest is alive and well – though cuffing yourself to the goalpost because Ryanair won't give your daughter a job is not quite the same as the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa. What next? A mass demonstration against EasyJet's excess baggage policy?

Matthew Macfadyen and Hayley Atwell in Channel 4’s Any Human Heart

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The all-rounder's form in 1968 made it hard to exclude him from the South Africa tour that never was, writes Stephen Brenkley

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